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Wednesday
Feb152017

Video: Dissecting Riviera's 10th From Right Of The Green

It's that time of year again: Riviera's 10th becomes a huge focus at the Genesis Open and for good reason. With PGA Tour Live coverage on top of four hours of first and second round coverage on Golf Channel, there should be plenty of opportunity to see this great hole in action.

Zac Blair has shared his thoughts on the hole and George Thomas's work for PGATour.com. Including this:

If your tee ball is not placed down the far left hand side of the hole, your angle into the green forces you to play towards the middle of the putting surface. This green is extremely shallow, and tilted from right-to-left, so it makes it almost impossible to attack the back hole locations (even for the best players on the planet) if the lay-up is hit anywhere right of center.

Thomas’ creativity makes it easy to remember each and every hole at his masterpieces, which include three of Los Angeles’ top courses: Los Angeles Country, Bel Air Country Club and Riviera, as well as Whitemarsh Valley in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. The 10th hole is just one example of his genius, and still challenges TOUR players today.

David Dusek crunched the recent numbers at ten and the trends are interesting.

Yesterday I went out to the hole and tossed golf balls Nobilo style to show what happens when a player misses right. Here's the Golf Central video:

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Reader Comments (12)

That's a very good and revealing video Geoff....nice soft tosses there (one take?)....almost looks like there may be a better chance at making a 2 vs a 3 from that bunker if you can get the flagstick in the way...will keep an eye on that over the weekend..... played at Riviera once back in the early 1990s but don't recall the slope on #10 being quite that severe (made bogey at #10 from 100yds out in the fairway)
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKeith - NYC
Great hole that brings the bombers down to earth. Every course should have one. Reminds me of the 10th at the Belfry Brabazon, not quite as good, but makes the golfer think.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
Props to Blair for aggravating the thinnest-skinned designer in the business.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
The deterioration of the original green contours from play over time and bunker sand buildup is laughable. Only the 14th at Pebble was worse. Pebble fixed 14 and it's time that the owners of Riviera did the same. Either that or put in a windmill. It's a disgrace that a brilliantly designed hole has been allowed to fall into such disrepair.This year, if the anticipated rains soften the green as expected, more players will lay up because they have a chance with a wedge and soft greens.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterIMO
Is that green more severe than it was in 1929 after the Fazio treatment years ago?

What's your take on green speeds having the effect you see in your little pitches over the bunker (lob wedges not withstanding)? Was it really that difficult 50 years ago?

Thanks Geoff
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPitbull
I think the hole is highly over-rated. especially being the opening hole on a split tee start. Nothing but a big bottleneck

Green is too small and sloped. A pro golfer should be able to hit the green from the bunker (w/ good lie).

Has any modern golf architect tried to replicate the hole? Doesn't seem like it would be that tough given modern earth moving equipment
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge P Burdell
Did Zac really name Whitemarsh Valley as one of Thomas' masterpieces? Literally laughing out loud reading that.
Zac should stick to trying to make cuts instead of trying to sound like he knows what he's talking about.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRedneck
@Redneck what's your take on Whitemarsh Valley? When did you last play it?
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBlueblood
I think the green complex has got more difficult over the years perhaps making it less tempting. I looked for some history of changes but could not find anything definitive. It's certainly still a great hole with lots of options but I'd like to see more players "go for it". With some pin positions, it's just not even smart to try. With the size of the green I'm sure it's not easy to find 4-5 pin positions for PGA Tour week.
Whitemarsh Valley may not be one of Thomas' best but it sure does have some good holes.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKG
Like others I think the increase in green speeds couples with what appears to be an increase in the hog back has made hole locations in the right half a farce. Mucked up a genius hole.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMunihack
I recall a TV special where Jack Nicklaus went through his best 18 holes of major championship golf and Riv #10 was on it. He demonstrated why being right was no good. Now Jack wasn't the greatest wedge player of all time around the greens and I recall it was impossible to get close when he tried but not at all like present conditions.
02.16.2017 | Unregistered Commenterpitbull
@blueblood

I've played it probably 1/2 dozen times, most recently last season.
It's a fun course but Zac specifically called it a Thomas masterpiece and mentioned it in the same sentence with Riviera, LACC. It doesn't belong in that sentence.

I wonder if Zac has ever played it.
02.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRedneck

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